During an interview in Stockholm, Mo surprisingly defended China’s suppression of free speech, saying that censorship should not prevent the truth, but that rumors and defamation “should be censored.”
“But I also hope that censorship, per se, should have the highest principle,” Mo added.
Mo went on to liken censorship to the airport security he passed through flying to Stockholm.
“When I was taking my flight, going through the customs … they also wanted to check me even taking off my belt and shoes,” he said. “But I think these checks are necessary.”
However, outside of the country, some critics pointedly questioning Mo’s Communist Party membership, his unwillingness to speak up for freedom of speech on the mainland and his apparent reluctance to speak out for his fellow laureate. “Giving the award to a writer like this is an insult to humanity and to literature,” declared noted Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei, at the time.
Indeed, same with this.
Schadenfreude on December 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM
saying that censorship should not prevent the truth, but that rumors and defamation “should be censored.”
Yeah. Who decides what is and is not “truth?” Idiot.
besser tot als rot on December 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM
Waiting patiently for “Dark Current” to tell us all that China isn’t really communist and things are just peachy there.
JPeterman on December 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM
“…. besides those Norwegians who selected me already know all about being “good little Germans” Mo said….
viking01 on December 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM
Supposedly (although with guys like Gore, Obama, and the entire EU being recipients of the Peace prize, that’s a joke), the Nobel prize is not political, so if this guy wants to praise Chinese censorship, go for the gusto. The award is for the quality of his writing, not his acceptance of Western culture.
Stoic Patriot on December 7, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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